Pablo Picasso as Book Illustrator

Marcel Duchamp is arguably the most influential artist of the twentieth century, but most would concur that Pablo Picasso was the greatest. In innovation and output, Picasso as a painter, sculptor, draftsman and printmaker was without equal. He was also one of the greatest book illustrators of the twentieth century. There are three books in each of the previous two galleries to represent his earlier work from the years 1911 to 1930. This gallery, containing forty-one volumes, represents his prodigious activity as a book illustrator over the final five decades of his life. Working in etching, engraving, drypoint, aquatint, lithography, and linoleum cut, Picasso explored a full array of artistic styles including Cubism, Classicism, Surrealism, and Expressionism.

Sueño Y Mentira de Franco by Pablo Picasso

Book with 2 etchings with lift-ground aquatint on chine collé on cream wove Imperial Japan paper; elephant folio; loose in tinted cream wove wrappers.

L'indicatif présent ou l'infirme tel qu'il est by Luc Decaunes

Book with 1 etching on Montval laid paper; loose in laid paper wrappers with lettering on the front cover.

Afat (Sadness/Beautiful Woman)

Book with 6 illustrations total: 2 aquatints and 4 engravings with burin on Montval wove à la cuve paper; attached with string, unbound in parchment.

Anthologie de l'humour noir

Book with 1 etching with aquatint and burin on van Gelder holland wove paper, 20 reproductions on inserted leaves; bound in wrappers.

Histoire naturelle: Picasso eaux-fortes originales pour les textes de Buffon

Book with 31 lift ground aquatint, etching and drypoints on Montval wove paper; loose in wrappers covered with heavy beige paper.

The Picasso Gallery

A portrait of Pablo Picasso

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